Eastgate Woodlands/Whilamut Natural Area

Address: 512 Aspen St.

The Eastgate Woodlands are part of the Whilamut Natural Area which extends west to Eugene and Alton Baker Park. It’s a great place to enjoy a natural area with woodlands and riparian areas along the Willamette River. Hike along gravel trails through the woods to the river, or cycle along the paved trail that connects Springfield to Eugene along the north bank of the river. There is a boat ramp and small gravel parking lot.

Park Amenities:
  • 40 acres
  • Bike path
  • Fishing
  • Jogging path
  • Natural area
  • Parking
  • Viewpoint
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Volunteers Needed for Citizen Planning Committee

Volunteers from Springfield are needed to serve on a citizen planning committee that helps monitor the long-range plan for the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park, a 237-acre urban greenway connecting Eugene and Springfield.

Willamalane Park and Recreation District manages Eastgate Woodlands, which is the eastern portion of the Whilamut Natural Area.

Members serve three-year terms. The full committee meets four times a year. For more information contact Fraser MacDonald at 541-736-4051 or fraserm@willamalane.org.  Positions are open until filled.

Download the application (pdf)
Download the supplemental questions (pdf)

About the Citizen Planning Committee
The Citizen Planning Committee (CPC) for the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park, formerly known as the East Alton Baker Park Citizen Planning Committee, was formed as a result of an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Eugene, the City of Springfield, Willamalane Park and Recreation District, and Lane County.

The agreement, which took effect in 1993, transferred ownership of the 237 acre East Alton Baker Park from Lane County to the jurisdictions of the City of Eugene and Willamalane Park and Recreation District. The agreement specified that the Eugene City Council and the Willamalane District Board of Directors jointly appoint a 15 member citizen planning committee with the charge of developing a plan to determine an appropriate mix of passive recreational uses for East Alton Baker Park. 
Reflecting Community Values
The intent of this agreement was to reflect the will of the citizens of Lane County when they passed ballot measure 20-01 in 1992. The measure halted plans for the development of a golf course on the property and called for the preservation of East Alton Baker Park and the formation of a Citizen Planning Committee. The CPC, in conjunction with City of Eugene and Willamalane staff, completed the East Alton Baker Park Plan in 1995 and forwarded it to the Eugene City Council and Willamalane Board of Directors. A revised plan was approved by both bodies in 1996.

The Committee
The CPC continues to meet four times per year and is active in between meetings working on sub-committee projects. The committee’s scope of work includes monitoring city-initiated restoration and park improvement activities; coordinating committee-sponsored volunteer projects; and promoting the Whilamut Natural Area to the community as a valuable open space asset. The CPC proposed to change the name of the Park to “Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park” in August of 2001. In February, 2002, the name was officially amended by an administrative order signed by the city manager. Although no action has been taken to formerly rename the committee, the committee voted in July 2002 to call themselves the “Citizen Planning Committee for the Whilamut Natural Area of Alton Baker Park”.

Committee members are appointed by the City Council and serve a three-year term. For information on serving on the committee, contact Jesse Cary-Hobbs, or visit the Boards and Commissions web page to download an application.


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